Honourable Hammed Amos Adesina Ibrahim joins Ibadancityng as our Political Analyst

As the 2019 elections draw closer, we are happy to welcome aboard Honourable Hammed Adesina Amos Ibrahim as our Political Analyst. Honourable Adesina has vast experience in Ibadan and Oyo State politics. He was a former Youth Leader in Ibadan for PDP. He was also Labour Party nominee who contested for the National House of Assembly Ibadan Southeast Constituency 2, in 2015 general elections.

We hope with his wealth of experience, he will help cover news and political events in the states independently without bias. As the days draw nearer to the 2019 elections, we will bring to you different nominees and contestants of different parties and unveil their agendas in the development of the city of Ibadan and Oyo State as a whole.

Again, welcome aboard

Meet Ibrahim Hammed Adesina Amos, contesting for Chairman Ibadan South Local Government

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In February 2017, Oyo State voters will go to the poll to pick new Local Government Chairmen. In the next couple of weeks leading up to the election, we would try to interview candidates willing to sit down with us and discuss their agendas they have to offer to the people of their various Local Government.

We at IbadanCityNg.com belong to no political party and we would welcome candidates from different parties willing to communicate with the people of the Oyo State.

That being said, we caught up with one of the candidates. His name is Ibrahim Hammed Adesina(Amos)he is the flag bearer for PDP party representing the party in Ibadan South Local Government (Scout Camp).  During his campaign today, he took out a few minutes to talk to us.

Please introduce yourself:

My name is Ibrahim hammed Adesina Amos. I attended Victory Nursery and Primary school, then proceeded to Government College Ibadan and tertiary at Polytechnic also in  Ibadan. I am a member of

I served as chairman at Ramat Hall Polytechnic Ibadan, this is where my interest in politics started. I was once a youth leader in this great party for about 7 years.

I am man of different professions, I am a Farmer, Borehole Engineer, and a Businessman. My dream is for  everyone to be comfortable in whatever they do. I am always ready to serve my people and not to dictate.

You represented Labor Party in the last election and you contested for the House of Representative, now you are a candidate under a different party:

Thanks alot, in fact I was in PDP right from the start.  It was when there was crisis in the party, that my faction left the party. I left PDP for Accord Party. From Accord Party we decided to join Labour Party when my faction had issues with the party. I always want a place where people will be able to know what and how things are being done. After the last elections, I was disappointed with the way party executive treated me. All aggrieved members in PDP were called back and I reasoned  and like the direction of the new leaders  and the new of PDP.

As Chairman of Ibadan South Local government, what will you do different from the predecessors or offer the people?

I am not happy with the way things are going on in the country, how people being cheated by our politicians and so on.
I know what we all going through, all wards will be secured in term of security, I want to promise all our people a transparent system, by allowing our people to say their mind. I will make sure that unemployment is taken care of sincerely and reduced to minimal. I will improve agriculture level of this local government. All workers and teacher will sing a better song so that they can really teach and train all our students.  Deplorable roads in our community will be addressed. We would also pay attention to healthcare in Ibadan South Local Govt.
From House of Representative to Local Govt. Chairman, isn’t this a step down?
House of Rep to chairman does not matter. Making the people of my local government or my country very happy and feel among is what matters to me. Thank you sir. I have to go, I hope we talk more in detail in the future.
Thank You Honorable

A faction of Accord Party led by Ladoja is skeptical of the impending LG elections

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National Leader of the Accord party and former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasheed Ladoja, yesterday, raised an alarm over the commitment of the All Progressives Congress-led government in the state to conduct council election despite the announcement of February 11, 2017, as the date for the polls.

National leader of the party, Rashidi Ladoja, attended the congress held at the Green Spring Hotel, while the other faction, comprising some notable members of the party in the state, held another congress at the Olubadan Stadium, Ibadan. Both congresses were witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Ladoja, who spoke during the state congress of Accord party held at the Green Springs Hotel in Ibadan, said the alarm about the date stemmed from failure of earlier promises on the proposed election.

Those elected at the well attended congress, which was witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies, include Alhaji Wahab Oyelade (state chairman); Dr Nureni Adeniran, who was immediate past publicity secretary, was elected state Secretary; Mrs. Yetunde Ajibola (Women leader); Akeem Olatunji (Publicity Secretary); Youth leader, Mr Adekola Adeoye; Organising Secretary, Nasiru Adeniyi and Treasurer, Pastor Oladimejo Orolade.

The chieftains of the party at the congress are Senator Olufemi Lanlehin; Chief Bayo Lawal; Chief Dele Adigun; Prof. Tunde Ayeleru; former deputy speaker, Hon. Babatunde Olaniyan; Hon. Olayemi Busari; all eight Accord members in the state House of Assembly, among others.

The Osi Olubadan, however, said Accord is always ready to challenge and defeat the APC at the polls anytime the election would be held, assuring the people of the state that his party would meet their aspiration for a better government.

He emphasised that Accord remained the party to beat in the state in both the council election and future polls with its over 200,000-strong and ever-grow-ing membership.

Ladoja, who lauded the party faithful for their peaceful conduct at the congress, tasked the new leadership elected through affirmation to reposition the party for greater performance and appeal to aggrieved members.

He said, “It was difficult to choose 20 people from our registered members who are in excess of 200, 000. Everybody cannot be elected as executive member and this is what those who are aggrieved must realise and retrace their step”.

The newly elected state chairman, Alhaji Oyelade, assured of bringing aggrieved members back into the mainstream of the party, saying “it is good to have a party but it is better if the party forms the next government in the state.”

Adeniran, the newly secretary, called for the amendment of the constitution to pave way for INEC to conduct local government election in states as it did in 1998, a council poll he described as the best council so far held in the country.

He said, “I won election as council chairman under the Alliance for Democracy in 1998 and AD won 18 councils, PDP nine and APP six in that election. Despite AD winning the governorship election in the state, it was not a clean sweep for the ruling party because INEC conducted that election.

Source: The Punch and National Mirror

Gov. Ajimobi insists Local Govt. elections will hold this year

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Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Tuesday indicated that local government elections in the state would still hold before the end of the year.

Ajimobi gave the indication while receiving the first batch of 176 Muslim pilgrims who returned from Mecca in his office.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor was represented by Alhaji Ismail Alli, the Secretary to the State Government, at the event.

“The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) will soon roll out its calendar for the election, which will hold before the end of the year,’’ the governor said.

Ajimobi urged the pilgrims to imbibe discipline, hard work, commitment and righteousness they learnt from the 2016 hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia.

The governor said he was excited that the pilgrims prayed for the peace and prosperity of the state and nation at large.

“We appreciate your prayers for the state and the 33 local governments.

“We also thank you for your prayers on the country in these trying times.

“We hope the best would soon happen to the country,’’ Ajimobi said.

He enjoined them to eschew immoral activities, urging them to embrace attitudinal change.

“The lesson of hajj is to worship God, who created us all.

We gave all our commitment to worshipping God during the exercise and I think such should be replicated after the exercise.

“We are thankful to Almighty God that 176 of our pilgrims have returned safe and sound.

“We have a report of a hitch-free exercise and hope to receive another batch of 450 pilgrims on Wednesday,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the pilgrims were led by Sheikh Muyideen Bello.

Earlier, Bello had expressed the pilgrims’ appreciation for the support of the state government towards a hitch-free exercise in the holy land.

Bello, who is the State’s 2016 Amirul Hajj, said the pilgrims prayed for the country, state, 33 local governments and a hitch-free local government election.

He said that they prayed fervently for peace and prosperity in the state and the country at large. (NAN)

Modu Sheriff faction of PDP holding Ondo State Governorship primaries in Ibadan

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The Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party is set to hold its primaries for the Ondo State governorship election on Monday.

Rather than hold the primary in Ondo, it is scheduled to hold at the zonal headquarters of the party in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The move, PREMIUM TIMES gathered, followed the inability of the faction to get the state executive committee of the party to host the event. The state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, belongs to the rival Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP.

“The National Working Committee of the party has taken over the organisation off the primary and it will now hold in Ibadan,” spokesman of the faction, Yemi Akintomide, said on Sunday.

“It was the decision of the committee on the Ondo State governorship primary headed by Ahmed Gulak that the primary be moved to Ibadan, the zonal headquarters of the party.”

Mr. Akintomide said the move did not offend any section of the Electoral Act or the party’s constitution as it would be held at the zonal office of the party.

Those contesting on the faction’s platform are Olusola Ebiseni, Niran Sule-Akinsuyi, Abiye Ademuyegun, Bamiduro Dada and Jimoh Ibrahim.

The aspirants had gone through a screening exercise chaired by Yunusa Mohammed which held at the party’s national secretariat on Thursday.

The Ahmed Makarfi faction had already produced Eyitayo Jegede as candidate of the PDP which is the ruling party in the state.

Voters react to economic situatoin in Oyo State, voted Labour Party to replace late Gideon Aremu’s seat

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Labour Party (LP) in Oyo State has described its Saturday’s victory over the All Progressives Congress (APC) ‎in the Oorelope State constituency bye-election to the House of Assembly as a clear demonstration of the fact that many people in the state are tired of the suffering being imposed on them by the ruling government.

LP, which fielded Lukman Balogun (former Caretaker Chairman of the Council) as its candidate to replace the slain House of Assembly member, Gideon Aremu, who was murdered by a four-man gang of armed robbers on July 1, 2016, garnered 6,122 votes to defeat the APC which went home with 4,148, and the Accord party coming last with 2,123 votes through its candidate Solomon Olabisi.

APC had been of the firm belief that it would effortlessly pummel the LP whose main backbone, former Oyo State Governor Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, had defected to the APC after his loss to Governor Abiola Ajimobi in the 2015 gubernatorial election.

Reacting to the victory, LP Publicity Secretary, Hon. Taiwo Ibrahim, said that “Our victory on Saturday over the APC showed that victory in electoral process in Oyo State is no longer ‎the permutation of the politicians but that of the people. It showed that people generally are tired of the government of APC, not only at the federal level but at the state level in Oyo. Come rain, come shine, if any election is conducted in Oyo State again, it is clear that APC cannot win. People are hungry and so angry.”

Oyo APC wants murder of lawmaker Gideon Aremu, investigated

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Oyo State has called for thorough investigation into the murder of a member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Gideon Aremu (Oorelope-LP).

This is contained in a statement issued by the party’s Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Saturday.

The statement described the death of Aremu, who was the Chairperson, state House of Assembly Committee on Information, Public Relations and Security, as brutal and disturbing.

“We received the news of the killing of Honourable Gideon Aremu with utter disbelief and rude shock.

“This is in view of the fact that such nasty development and political violence have become history in the state since 2011 when the current administration took the mantle of leadership of Oyo State”, it said.

The statement described the deceased as an energetic, diligent and easy-going politician.

It expressed regret over the incident and condoled with the entire people of the state over the loss of the politician.

“We pray God to grant Aremu eternal rest and give his immediate and political family the fortitude to bear the loss”, it said.

The party called for thorough investigation into the matter by all relevant security agencies with a view to bringing the culprits to justice.

“More importantly, we call on the police and other relevant security agencies to conduct thorough investigations into the matter with a view to unmasking the culprits and bringing them to justice as soon as possible”, it stated.

NAN reports that Aremu was reportedly shot to death in his residence at Alaakia area of Ibadan on Friday night.

– NAN

Embattled Governor Ajimobi: Thousands rally in support

THOUSANDS of supporters of Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi yesterday stormed Ibadan, the state capital, to show their backing for his administration’s policies.

At a rally, which was attended by a mammoth crowd, the supporters called on workers to dialogue with the government in the ongoing impasse over non-payment of salaries.

This came as the governor waved an olive branch to the striking workers to come for dialogue, stressing that “it is an element of democracy”.

The supporters, numbering about 50,000, were made up of members of about 168 trade associations from the 33 local government areas of the state.

They gathered at the historic Mapo Hall as early as 9 AM, from where they moved through the city, drumming support for the governor and his policies.

The supporters were made up of traders, market women, hair dressers, tailors, commercial drivers, auto technicians, shoe makers and Fuji musicians.

Others include association of farmers, butchers, food and fruits sellers, students and politicians.

As they moved through the popular Beere/Oje/Agodi Road, they were joined by other independent supporters.

Anchoring the achievements on enthronement of peace, the supporters called on residents and labour leaders to shun violence and any act that is detrimental to the state’s progress.

The crowd moved to Agodi from where they went to the state secretariat, where the governor addressed them.

As Ajimobi appeared, the crowd began to sing his praises with people gyrating to the tunes being rendered by the Ibadan-based Fuji musician, Rashidi Ayinde.

Ajimobi was joined by his deputy, Chief Moses Alake-Adeyemo; the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Mr. Olalekan Ali; his Chief of Staff Dr. Gbade Ojo and other top government functionaries.

Taking their turn to address the crowd, leaders of five unions, including that of students, hailed Ajimobi for his efforts on restoring peace to the state.

They lauded his school management initiative, which had been misinterpreted as selling public schools.

The speakers stressed that they had sought facts about the initiative and found that that it was a good way to rescue dwindling standards in the public school system.

Speaking on behalf of canteen operators, Mrs. Iyadunni Lawal, who is the president of the association, said residents and voters are stakeholders in Oyo State.

She emphasised that the association was interested in peace and harmony between the government and workers.

The President, Marketing Advisory Council, Mrs. Labake Lawal, said: “We are here today to assure all that Governor Ajimobi is not selling schools. We appeal to all workers not to inflict pains on us. Sit down with the government and find a peaceful solution.

“Traders and all of us in Oyo State are feeling the negative impact of non-payment of salaries. We are recording low sales. So, both parties need to sit together and dialogue on all grey areas to come up with an amicable solution.

“We also want to affirm that all market women are solidly behind Governor Ajimobi.

The students’ leader said they were happy to be part of the solidarity rally for Ajimobi because his administration brought an end to violence against students.

He noted the incident of June 5, 2011, when some students were murdered by hoodlums at the Iwo Road interchange.

The Ajimobi administration, according to him, has since stopped violence among commercial drivers and the city of Ibadan has known peace.

Other leaders of the associations also called for understanding on the school management initiative. They urged the two parties to come to a truce.

Addressing the crowd, an elated Ajimobi explained that he was committed to his campaign promises.

As a way of initiating a discussion process, the governor said the government invited labour leaders as stakeholders to the first meeting, but that some of them chose to disrupt the meeting violently.

Ajimobi vowed to sustain his administration’s achievement on peace and emphasised that he would keep encouraging every democratic means of governing the state.

He blamed the opposition for sponsoring lies against him on the initiative and condemned teachers for setting children on the streets to start destroying public property.

His words: “When we campaigned, we made promises. We stand by those promises. Those sponsoring disharmony are the opposition elements. We promised to run an all-inclusive government. When we discovered that our schools were not doing well, we organised education summit in 2012 and certain recommendations were made.

“Democracy is about thinking together and hence, we invited all stakeholders to a meeting. But some labour leaders gathered and disrupted the meeting. The violence we had stamped out was what they brought back again and we won’t let that be.

“If anybody opposes any policy, you complain through proper channel.

“Yet, we are not fighting with workers because they never supported those leaders who employed violence. Why should anyone fight over planned policies?”

Source

Oyo State will conduct local govt. election-first in 9 years

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The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) will conduct local government elections in September, almost nine years after such an election took place in the state.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi broke the news while inaugurating the OYSIEC members at the Executive Council Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Ibadan, on Friday.

The governor said the election would be conducted three months after the electoral umpire was put in place in line with the provision of the constitution.

Ajimobi pledged to support the commission to ensure that it conduct transparent, free, fair and credible election to build the confidence of the people in the sanctity of balloting.

The OYSIEC Chairman, Mr. Ajeigbe Olajide, a native of Itesiwaju, Oke-Ogun area, was a former Head of Department (Operations) and later Training at the Oyo State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Other members are Mr. Adedeji Raheem; Mr. Abdul-Hamid Akuru; Mrs. Omolola Odekunbi; Mr. Rasheed Oyekanmi; a lawyer, Mr. Sunday Aborisade, Mr. David Adeagbo and Alhaji Bello Alabi.

Ajimobi said: “Today is a very remarkable day. This occasion is significant because we are taking a giant step today towards providing good governance at the grassroots.

“We are ready with all sincerity to conduct the local government election and I assure members of OYSIEC that the task before them is surmountable.

“Our government has not been able to conduct local government election due to some legal entanglement that has stalled our desire to fulfill the aspirations and yearnings of the people to elect their choice of chairmen.”

http://thenationonlineng.net/oyo-conduct-council-election-september/

Open letter to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a must read-Yoruba ronu

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I came across this article and I found it interesting enough to share on the blog. It is written by Bayo Adeyinka. please read and comment, we would like to know your opinion.

By Adebayo Adeyinka

My dear Asiwaju,

I am compelled to write this open letter to you because of the state of affairs of the Yoruba nation. Firstly, I wish to acknowledge that fate has put you in a prime position to determine to a large extent the direction that the Yoruba people will go. The indisputable truth is that one may quarrel with your politics but your sagacity is never in doubt. Even those who don’t see eye to eye with you agree that you are imbued with unusual native intelligence, uncommon people skills and unrivaled foresight. You, more than any other person, has been the game changer since the advent of democracy in 1999. It is for these reasons that I have chosen to direct this letter to you.

My singular purpose is to tug at the strings of your heart. I am not writing to appeal to partisan considerations but to see, if per chance, I can pour out my heart to you in a manner of speaking. God has blessed you even beyond your wildest imagination. You have installed Senators and Governors. You have removed Governors and even a President. You have also installed a President. There is nothing you have wished for or desired that you didn’t get. Fortune has smiled on you. Goodwill follows you everywhere you go. You have done very well- more than most men ever will. However, there is one area that is begging for your urgent attention. This area may well define you and all you have ever achieved.

This matter, in my opinion, is the only difference between you and the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Let me restate for the purpose of emphasis that this is the area in which the late sage and Leader of the Yorubas stand head and shoulders above you. It is the reason his name has been a constant denominator in our regional and national politics. It is the reason politicians, friends and foes invoke his name for political advantage and personal glory. It is also the reason why we can’t stop talking about him almost thirty years after his death. What will anyone say about you thirty years after you have transited?

Asiwaju Sir, you may be wondering what I’m talking about? It is the issue of legacy. According to Peter Strople, ‘Legacy is not leaving something for people, it is leaving something in people’. Legacy is building something that outlives you. Legacy is greater than currency. In the words of Leonard Sweet, ‘ What you do is your history. What you set in motion is your legacy’. You can’t live forever, Sir. No one can. But you can create something that will. Enough of speaking in parables- I shall now speak plainly.

When destiny brought you on the scene, we were enamoured because you championed the case for true federalism. It was your belief then that the Yoruba nation will fare better under a restructured arrangement than under the type of unitary government we run while pretending by calling it a federal government. Everyone knows that there is nothing federal about our government at all. If truth must be told, the Yoruba nation has fared very badly since the advent of our new democracy. And this is not about holding power at the centre.

Let me bring this home: someone passed a comment recently that he would want Biafra to become a reality because he knows the Igbo nation will survive. That comment led me to deeper introspection as I wondered if the Yorubas can truly survive. Let me cite my first example. From Oyo to Osun, Ogun to Ondo, Ekiti to Kwara and Lagos, hardly will one see any serious industry or manufacturing concern owned by a Yoruba person. I am not talking about portfolio businesses or one-man business concerns. Most industries in Oyo State are owned by the Lebanese. The native business and industry gurus who dominated the landscape- Nathaniel Idowu, Amos Adegoke, Lekan Salami, Alao Arisekola, Adeola Odutola, Jimoh Odutola, Chief Theophilus Adediran Oni and others- are all gone with no credible replacements. I’m sure you remember the tyre factory of the Odutolas and how Jimoh Odutola was even asked by the Governments of Kenya and Ghana to set up a similar factory in their countries.

Bayo Adeyinka

Bayo Adeyinka

Chief Theophilus Adediran Oni, popularly called T.A Oni & Sons started the first indigenous construction company in Nigeria. He willed his residence- Goodwill House, to the Oyo/Western state government, to be used as a paediatrics Hospital, which is now known as T.A Oni Memorial Children Hospital at Ring Road in Ibadan. This sprawling family Estate and residence was cited on a 15acre piece of land, 65 rooms, with modern conveniences, Olympic Swimming Pool and stable for Horses, etc.

People like Chief Bode Akindele started companies like Standard Breweries and Dr Pepper Soft drink factory at Alomaja in Ibadan. Broking House built by the late Femi Johnson, an insurance magnate, still stands glittering in the mid-day sun as an epitome to a rich history that Ibadan has. The most serious and only notable Yoruba entrepreneur we have now is Michael Adenuga. I say this quite consciously because most of the other names are oil and gas barons. Most of what stood as testaments of industry in Oyo State are gone— Exide Batteries, Leyland Autos and many others. In its place are shopping malls and road side markets but no nation develops through buying and selling alone- especially when you’re not actually producing what you’re selling.

Hypermarkets and supermarkets have taken over because of the need to feed our insatiable consumer-appetite and foreign tastes. In one instance, an ancient landmark in the form of a hotel was demolished to pave way for a mall. That is how low we have sunk. If our past is better than our present- if we always look back with nostalgia frequently, then there is a problem.

The case of other states is not different. Osun’s case is pathetic. Ditto for Ondo and Ekiti. Ogun State can boast of some factories at Sango-Otta and Agbara axis but most of them are not owned by the Yorubas. There is no significant pharmaceutical company owned by any Yoruba except for Bond Chemicals in Awe, Oyo State- and its wallet share is very insignificant. For Lagos State, more than 70% of the manufacturing concerns and major industries in the State are owned by the Igbos. If the Igbos were to stop paying tax in Lagos State, the IGR of Lagos State will reduce by over 60%.

In contrast, Sir, go to the South East and look at the manufacturing concerns in Onitsha, Aba and Nnewi. Please don’t forget those were areas ravaged by civil war a mere forty something years ago. The Igbos have certainly made tremendous progress but the Yoruba nation has regressed. I wish to state that this letter is not meant to whip up primordial considerations or ethnic sentiments but just to put things in proper perspective.

Asiwaju, I will like to also talk about the state of education in the Yoruba nation. Our education has gone to the dogs. We have a bunch of mis-educated and ill-educated young men and women roaming the streets. Ibadan, for instance, had the first University in Nigeria and the first set of research centres in Nigeria ( The Forestry Research Institute, the Cocoa Research Institute (CRIN), The Nigerian Cereal Research Institute Moor Plantation (NCRI), the NIHORT (Nigerian Institute of Horticultural Research), the NISER (Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research), IAR&T (Institute of Agriculture, Research and Training), amongst several others). Ibadan was the bastion of scholarship with people like Wole Soyinka, JP Clark, D.O Fagunwa and Amos Tutuola as residents. In the May/June 2015 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, Abia came tops. Anambra came 2nd while Edo was 3rd. Lagos placed 6th while Osun and Oyo was 29th and 26th. Ekiti was 11th, Ondo State was 13th and Ogun State was 19th. In 2013 WASSCE, only Lagos and Ogun States were the Yoruba States above the national average. If we do an analysis of how Lagos placed 6th in 2015, you will discover that it was substantially because of other nationalities resident in Lagos.

For proof, please look no further than the winners of the Spelling Bee competition which has produced One-Day Governors in Lagos State. Since inception in 2001, other nationalities have won the competition six times (Ebuka Anisiobi in 2001, Ovuwhore Etiti in 2002, Abundance Ikechukwu in 2006, Daniel Osunbor in 2008, Akpakpan Iniodu Jones in 2011 and Lilian Ogbuefi in 2012). Sir, there is something seriously wrong about our state of education. From the vintage times of Obafemi Awolowo who initiated ‘free education’, we have regressed into a most parlous state.

Let me talk about roads, housing and infrastructure . The first dualized road in Nigeria, the Queen Elizabeth road from Mokola to Agodi in Ibadan was formally commissioned by Queen Elizabeth in 1956. The first Housing Estate in Nigeria is Bodija Housing Estate (also in Ibadan) which was built in 1958. The state of roads in the Yoruba nation has become pathetic. Our hinterland are still largely rural. Even some state capitals like Osogbo and Ado-Ekiti are big villages when you compare them to towns in the South East. How many new estates have been built over the last decade? Even Ajoda New Town lies in ruins.

We have abandoned the farm settlement strategy of the Western Region and only pay lip service to agriculture. Instead of feeding others like we once did, others now feed us. We plant no tomatoes, no pepper and the basic food that we require. The Indians have bought the large expanse of water body that we have in Onigambari village. The water body in Oke Ogun of Oyo State can provide enough fish to feed the whole of the South West. From being a major cocoa exporter many years ago, one can point to just a few vestiges of factories that still deal with Cocoa in the Yoruba nation. 80% of Cocoa processing industries in the South West have been shut down. The Chinese have taken over the cashew belt at Ogbomoso in Oyo State. They have even edged out the indigenes as brokers.

They now come to the cashew belt to buy from the local farmers, sell on the spot to other Chinese exporters who now process the cashew nuts and import them back into Nigeria at a premium. Sir, there are only 7 major cashew processing plants in Nigeria and you can check out the ownership. The glory has departed from the Yoruba nation.

Apart from Asejire, Ede, Ikere Gorge and Oyan dams built ages ago, where are the new dams to cater for increased population and water capacity for the Yoruba nation? How have we improved on what our heroes past left us? Maybe apart from certain areas in Lagos State, others can’t even supply their citizens with pipe-borne water.

Our youth which we used to take pride in are largely a mass of unemployed and unemployable people. Have you noticed the abundance of street urchins, area boys, touts and ‘agberos’ that we now have all across the Yoruba nation? Have you noticed the swell in the ranks of NURTW (I mean no disrespect to an otherwise noble union)? Have you noticed the increase in the number of Yoruba beggars? There was a time that it was taboo for a Yoruba man to beg- but no more. The spirit of apprenticeship is dead. There was a time that people who learn vocational skills celebrate what we referred to as ‘freedom’. While that is largely moribund now in the Yoruba nation, the Igbos still practice it with great success.

The only thing we can boldly say the Yoruba nation controls is the information machinery- the press. We own largely the newspapers- the Nation, Punch, Nigerian Tribune, TV Continental and a few others. It is because of our control of this information machinery that we have rewritten the narrative in the country with the misguided self-belief that things are normal and we are making progress. A look beyond the surface will prove that this is so untrue.

We are largely divided. For the first time in the history of the Yoruba nation, religion is about to divide us further- and it is starting from Osun State. You are married to a Christian. My own father-in-law is an Alhaji. That is how we have peacefully co-existed but the fabrics are about to be torn to shreds because of poor management of issues. Afenifere has been reduced to a shadow of itself.

OPC that once defended Yoruba interests has gone into oblivion. Yoruba elders have been vilified in the name of politics and partisanship. It is no longer news to see teenagers throwing stones at their elders because of their political indoctrination. Even under the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the Yorubas never belonged to just a single party- yet our unity was without blemish. Now, our values have gone down the drain.

Asiwaju, I believe I have said enough. The task is Herculean but I believe Providence has brought you here for such a time like this. It is time for the Yoruba nation to clean up its acts. What do we really want? How can we quickly right the wrongs? The Yoruba nation is in a state of arrested development. The Yoruba nation is gasping for breath and crying for help. Will you rise up to the occasion? I am aware you understand that all politics is local and charity begins at home. Our fathers gave us a proverb: ‘Bi o’ode o dun, bi igbe ni’gboro ri’. I know there are no quick fixes but I also know that if there is anyone who has the capacity to do something about our current situation, that person is you. This should be the legacy you should think of. Your legacy is our future.

Yours Very Sincerely,
Adebayo Adeyinka